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Growing in Prayer

Lighting a candle can be a helpful way to pray.  As the Cathedral is currently closed, you can now do this on line.

Click here to light a virtual candle.

 

Is there someone that you would like prayer for?  Click here and upload your prayer request.  The name of the person you are praying for will be added to our new prayer wall for May.  Anyone visiting the page, will be able to pray with you and for you.

Let us pray:

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick, and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

 

Daily Prayer and Reflection from Chelmsford Cathedral

THURSDAY, 3 June 2020 

From the rising of the sun to its setting

your glory is proclaimed in all the world.

Your love is better than life, my speech is full of praise.

I give you a lifetime of worship, my hands raised in your name.

I feast at a rich table, my lips sing of your glory.    Verses from Psalm 63

 

As you enter into prayer today, take a moment to be still. Come into God's presence with a deepfelt desire to meet with God now. Know that God is the God who sees you and that God is looking at you now with great love. Pause for a moment and be still.

 

 

Eternal God, like a mother you calm and quieten our souls:
keep us humble as we see your wonder and trusting as we live in your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

           

The tension has been building as Jesus in Jerusalem find himself confronted with religious opposition and intrigue. And suddenly – just as we are expecting another dispute, we meet a scribe who is actually listening and really paying attention to the words of Jesus. The scribe has noticed the quality of Jesus’ answers and asks him a straightforward question ‘Which commandment is the first of all?’ Jesus starts with a very a very standard reply quoting Deuteronomy 6.4: ‘Hear, O Israel…’ – a response used today in the Synagogue as a summary of the 10 Commandments. But then he adds Leviticus 19.18: ‘love your neighbour as yourself’. Jesus fulfils the Old Testament law and shows us that it is now all about love.

 

Mark 12.28-34

One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, ‘Which commandment is the first of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The first is, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second is this, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’ Then the scribe said to him, ‘You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that “he is one, and besides him there is no other”; and “to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength”, and “to love one’s neighbour as oneself”,—this is much more important than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices.’ When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ After that no one dared to ask him any question.

Spend some time reflecting on the reading, mulling it over.

Ask God what God wants you to hear today.

Offer your personal prayers and thanksgivings and offer the day to God in a spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving.

End this time of prayer by saying the Lord’s Prayer.

 

Alongside a daily prayer and reflection, there will be a few susgestions on how we can sustain prayer whilst we are praying on our own.  We are not praying alone!  Click on the links below which will take you to a pdf.  There is also an audio clip if you prefer visuals.

 

How to meditate.  Audio available here.

Saying the Jesus Prayer. Audio available here.

How to use the Cross as a compass. Audio available here.

What is prayer? A four part audio.

Part 1Part 2Part3,  Part 4

 

The Easter Pilgrim is the Church of England's  40 day journey through the Lord's Prayer.  You can choose to either receive daily reflections via email or download the app to receive them to your phone or tablet.  Click here for further information.

Praying the Lord's Prayer for children is on the Junior Church page of the website.

Pray as you Go is a website with daily prayers, music, a reading and reflection.  Please click here to spend some time in prayer knowing others around the UK are joining with you.

During this time it is important that we all look after our mental health.  There are suggestions and advice available by clicking here.

A Daily Prayer from the Church of Englandplease click here.

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